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CULTURE & POLITICS

Puerto Rico Photo Essay

Puerto Rico: A Return to the Motherland

Artist and educator Michael Cordero has been living and working in Puerto Rico for the last year or so. A Brooklyn raised Puerto Rican, he decided to uproot his life and return to his ancestral land of Puerto Rico. These images are a chronicle of what he has e...
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The Issue with Latinx

I’ve been involved in the Chicano movement now for more than two decades. I’ve authored articles, taught workshops and Chicano Studies, and led Chicano organizations. I’ve seen a lot of changes. Some of them have moved the cause forward, and some of them h...
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Latino Artists as Activists

The power of artists is undeniable. We are fortunate that so many Latino artists have used their gifts to shine a light on the injustices, events and political climate of their time. The Latino artists listed here use their talents to advocate for causes o...
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Yung Pueblo Talks Meditation, Machismo and Healing

If Paolo Coehlo had written The Alchemist in the age of social media, he would have been Diego Perez aka Yung Pueblo. Perez is an Ecuadorian-American author, who is an Instagram star and real talk guru. To date over 364,000 people follow the “meditator, wr...
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Is the Latino Man Still Dying?

Five years ago, I looked at my daughter’s face with concerned eyes. I worried about what the future held for her male Latino classmates. Predictive statistics like high school completion, college degree attainment and incarceration rates painted a grim fut...
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5 Latino Writers You Should Know

There are plenty of Latino writers whose work flies under the radar and is valuable.  The love sonnets of Neruda, the magical realism of Garcia Marquez and the urban immigrant narratives of Junot Diaz are known the world over.  Here are a handful of writers ...

This Is Why I Support Jussie Smollet

In the early morning hours of January 30, 2019 Jussie Smollett, singer/actor/ LGBTQ activist reported to Chicago police that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack. The Chicago Police Department began investigating the case as a possible hate cr...

5 Reasons Cinco de Mayo Is The Best Holiday Ever

There are plenty of reasons to hate on Cinco de Mayo. Or as it's come to be konwn Drinko-de-Mayo. There are the half-hearted lunch specials at your local restaurant (note: adding salsa to something doesn’t make it Mexican). No one likes the over-sized sombrero...
Pelo Malo Op Ed

Pelo Malo Is About More Than Just Bad Hair

How long will we continue to be met with opposition for the hair we were born with? Within the Latino community, those with curly or course textured hair are sure to have heard the phrase “pelo malo” (a.k.a. "bad hair") — a discriminatory phrase that's existe...
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4 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes to Grow On

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman U.S. Representative, also known as “AOC” continues to be a lightning rod in Washington D.C. - and beyond.  She has been hailed by her generation for providing what they feel is a true and authentic representation of...
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